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The Darkness: Permission to Land 20th Anniversary Tour

Plus Bad Nerves

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Four people pose against a grey backdrop. One of them is holding a small dog.

2003 saw the start of a love affair between one of the most extraordinary and best loved bands to come from the UK and fans all around the world – The Darkness, who exploded from their Lowestoft roots with the release of their debut album ‘Permission To Land’ granting them overnight success.

The album spawned a series of hit singles including ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’, ‘Growing On Me’, ‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’ and ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’. It also clocked up a series of awards including three BRIT Awards, two Kerrang Awards and an Ivor Novello for ‘Songwriters Of The Year’ amongst many others.

However the pressures of fame took their toll and in 2006 lead singer Justin Hawkins left the band, checking into rehab and The Darkness were no more. Yet, like a veritable phoenix rising from the ashes of despair, the band reformed in 2011 touring Europe and South America the following year with Lady Gaga. 20 years after their meteoric debut in 2003, their cheeky, spandex-clad anthems continue to probe and capture hearts around the world today.

Presented by AEG

Format: Standing in stalls, reserved seating in tiers

Age: Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult


Performance Times

Doors: 19.00
Bad Nerves: 20:00
Interval: 20:30
The Darkness: 21:00
Curfew: 23:00

All timings are approximate and subject to change

“The band stomp, squeal, fret-tap and falsetto through a set of glittery, unabashed rock that can’t help but shake a smile.”

Louder Than War

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Bad Nerves

Self-described as the bastard child of a Ramones/Strokes one night stand, Bad Nerves are a five-piece from East London that take delight in playing furiously high-octane powerpop mixed with scrappy garage rock.

Even within the realms of producing a polished, ready-for-radio debut LP, their scrappiness and DIY aesthetic shines through – bold, cathartic and a little rough around the edges, as it should be.

About Beacon Hall

Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon

The venue

Beacon Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are in:

  • row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
  • row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
  • rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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